Rick has been married to his wife Dianna for 40 years, has three adult children, and three grandchildren. He is an enrolled member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. He has a Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Education Degrees from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He has been the Director of the University of Minnesota Duluth-American Indian Learning Resource Center for 28 years. He has been an Independent Consultant for the Blandin Foundation for 13 years, serving as a Recruiter and Cultural Liaison for the Blandin Reservation Community Leadership Program, which has trained over 600 community leaders.
Rick has been directly involved with Multi-cultural Education for over 30 years. Prior to becoming the Director of the American Indian Learning Resource Center, he was a Corrections Agent and Coordinator of the Volunteer Guardian ad Litem Program for northern St. Louis County. After leaving that position he was a Volunteer Guardian ad Litem 14 years. He is and has served as a member of numerous other civic and academic boards/committees locally, regionally and nationally. For fun, he love spending time with his family, traveling with his wife Dianna, riding his motorcycle and converting old wooden beds into benches.
Andrea Jenkins is an Award winning poet and writer. Most recently was awarded a Bush Fellowship and a Fellowship in the Cultural Community Leadership Institute at Intermedia Arts and sponsored by the Bush Foundation and named a fellow in the Many Voices Fellowship at the Playwrights Center. Last year she won the Verve Grant for Spoken Artist at Intermedia Arts and the Naked Stages Grant for Emerging Performance Artist at Pillsbury House Theatre. She is a Givens Foundation Fellow working Amiri Baraka and J. Otis Powell! She has won the Loft Mentor Series in 2002 and the Napa Valley Writers Conference scholarship in 2003.
Andrea earned her Masters of Science, Community Economic Development –Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, New Hampshire, a Certificate, University of St. Thomas, Community Leadership Institute, and Bachelors of Science, Human Services / Interpersonal Communications – Metropolitan State University and has a MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University.
She has performed with The Outward Spiral Theatre, Mama Mosaic and 20% Theatre. Andrea is the author three chapbooks of poems and her first full length book of poetry called “The “T” is NOT Silent: New and Selected Poems”. She currently is co-curator of the Queer Voices Reading Series at Intermedia Arts. She has been published in several anthologies including,“Gender Outlaws Two: The Next Generation”, “When We Become Weavers: Queer Female Poets on the Midwestern Experience” edited by, Kate Lynn Hibbard and “The Naked I: Wide Open” and “The Naked I: Inside Out”, edited by 20% Theater and most recently in “Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Civil Rights: A Public Policy Agenda for Uniting a Divided America” edited by Dr. Wallace Swan. She was also a contributor to the widely acclaimed anthology “Blues Vision” MNHS Press, 2015, edited by Alexs Pate, Dr. Pamela Flecther and J. Otis Powell!, as well as the 2016 anthology “A Good Time For the Truth” edited Sun Yung Shin, MNHS Press.
Andrea works as Oral Historian for the Transgender Oral History Project, for the Tretter Collection at the University of Minnesota.